Louisville City FC

LouCity Signs Elizabethtown Native Wilson to Bolster Midfield

February 16, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Louisville City FC News Release

Midfielder Jansen Wilson in training with Louisville City FC
Midfielder Jansen Wilson in training with Louisville City FC
(Louisville City FC, Credit: Will Carlon)

Louisville City FC has added a local talent to its midfield with the signing of Jansen Wilson - the 2017-2018 Gatorade Kentucky Boys Soccer Player of the Year - it was announced Friday.

Wilson, whose deal pends league and federation approval, went on to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky and Belmont University. The Elizabethtown, Kentucky, native also trained with LouCity's pros the last two summers before earning his first professional contract out of a recent preseason trial.

"We are excited to officially welcome Jansen to the group," said coach Danny Cruz. "We have been able to evaluate him over a lengthy period of time, and he has continued to impress. Jansen's versatility, pace and character are all attributes that made signing him an easy decision for us. This is just the beginning for him, and we are looking forward to watching his continued progression."

Wilson starred three seasons at Elizabethtown High School, where he numbered 55 assists and 50 goals while leading the Panthers to consecutive state titles in 2017 and 2018. He also joined Major League Soccer member Columbus Crew SC's academy as a high school senior.

Following his impressive youth career, Wilson went on to play three seasons at Kentucky, scoring four goals to go with two assists in 41 appearances as Wildcat. He transferred after his junior year, spending his last two seasons of eligibility at Belmont, where he registered 11 assists and six goals in 36 appearances.

Wilson will play a wing and wingback role in purple.

"I am extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play for such an amazing club and fanbase," Wilson said. "The players and staff at Louisville City are among some of the best. I can't wait to represent the state that I'm from while wearing purple. I'm looking forward to getting started this season!"

Wilson officially joined LouCity's roster amid preparations for the club's 10th anniversary season, which kicks off March 16 before the boys in purple host their home opener at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Lynn Family Stadium.

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Midfielder Jansen Wilson in training with Louisville City FC
Midfielder Jansen Wilson in training with Louisville City FC

(Will Carlon)

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